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Old 03-21-2012, 04:36 PM
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Maria-olivia, don't worry, I've completely understood that last week and still do, it's a sorely touching tragedy..


Lucien, I've felt the same, it's been a perfectly arranged ceremony and I've been deeply impressed by the
strength and courage of sibblings and parents to speak about their feelings and to say goodbye.

King Albert, Queen Paola, as well as the Crown Prince Couple of the Netherlands bowed to the victims and
the relatives - a very nice gesture.


** rtl.be video: Le roi et la reine à la cérémonie d'adieu **
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Old 03-21-2012, 04:50 PM
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Another clip in English
BBC news: Swiss coach crash: Belgian town holds memorial service

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Thousands of mourners attend memorial service for victims of Swiss school bus crash
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Old 03-21-2012, 05:41 PM
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At the end king Albert seemed to be saying words of comfort to prince Willem Alexander.

Herdenking Lommel - integraal (At 173min)
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Sadly though 2 families choose not to have thier childrens remains at the service
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I have no words to express what I felt when I saw these images... I leave here my deepest sympathy.
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Old 03-22-2012, 07:33 AM
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King Albert and Queen Poala as well as Crown Prince Willem-Alexander and Crown Princess Maxima
attended the funeral service of the seven children from Heverlee, who were killed in the March 13
bus crash in Switzerland, at the Sint-Pieters church in Leuven today, March 22.



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** nieuwsblad.be: IN BEELD. Leuven neemt afscheid van slachtoffers busramp **
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Old 03-22-2012, 12:19 PM
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Here is the broadcast of today's funeral service in Leuven (13 extracted parts):
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Old 03-22-2012, 12:38 PM
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What a sad event.
You can see just how devastated everyone was; the pain and sorrow was etched on their faces. Seeing the Queen cry like that was difficult, and even the King couldn't contain his emotions. And that's just the royals; I can't even begin to imagine how the families of the victims must feel right now.
It was incredibly moving when they all held hands during the service; that's how you can overcome troubles - holding together.
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Princess Maxima of the Netherlands leads mourning for young victims of Swiss bus crash. - hellomagazine.com
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Old 03-22-2012, 01:54 PM
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I have no words to express what I felt when I saw these images... I leave here my deepest sympathy.
I wholeheartedly associate myself with your statement –that’s why we need modes of communication like the music during that memorial service in Lommel, to absorb our otherwise overwhelming emotions while we remain silent in view of linguistically merely inadequately expressible circumstances in life…
All royals did their very best paying tribute to the victims and offering comfort to the bereaved (as well as being attentively caring to each other, like Artemisia pointed out) i.m.o.. Perhaps Queen Paola was/is notably able to empathize with the siblings of those deceased children because she suffered the loss of two beloved older siblings during her own childhood. Finally, I also sympathize with Crown Prince Willem-Alexander and Crown Princess Máxima –enduring suchlike ceremonies must have been incredibly painful while simultaneously worrying about Prince Friso’s dramatic health status.
http://www.deredactie.be/cm/vrtnieuw...0427/1.1251791 (entire broadcast)
http://www.purepeople.com/article/ob...deuil_a97965/1 (article/picture gallery)
http://www.nieuwsblad.be/article/det...leid=GBO3NRPNV (2nd article)
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On March 23, 2012 Queen Paola attended the opening concert of the "Printemps musical de Silly 2012" (a biennial for young musicians which is dedicated to Italian music this year) at the castle of Morval in Gondregnies:
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http://www.notele.be/index.php?optio...7936&Itemid=28 (longer version)
The queen accepted being patron of this festival in 2010 on the occasion of its 20th anniversary.
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Funny funny , A man greated HM when she arrives and she says :" je ne vous vois pas" . IT was dark !
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King Albert received the organization team of the Expo 2017 in Liege at the Royal Castle in Laken today, March 27.




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King Albert and Queen Paola received Belgian living jazz legend Baron Toots Thielemans, who'll celebrate
his 90th birthday on April 29, at the Royal Castle in Laeken, Brussels, today, April 23, 2012.
Prime Minister Elio Di Rupo and Toots Thielemans' wife were present as well.



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Old 04-23-2012, 09:36 AM
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The Queen of the Belgians comparing to the other Queens is seen once a month 23/3 .
No State Visit coming or going ! Sad , no glittering events anymore.
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Thank you for those pictures, iceflower! Here are two short videos of the royal couple's reception for Baron Toots Thielemans:
Toots Thielemans bij de koning - Het Nieuwsblad; Toots Thielemans reçu par les souverains et le 1er ministre pour ses 90 ans - Sujet par sujet - RTL Vidéos
maria-olivia, I share your opinion considering Queen Paola's relatively infrequent official appearances, however, she undoubtedly does plenty of valuable work behind the scenes...
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You are most welcome, Lina RdC and thank you for the videos!


Today, April 26, King Albert has made a visit to the European Parliament in Brussels.


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King Albert has made a visit to the EU Commission's headquarters in Brussels on the occasion
of the 2000th meeting of the commission, May 2, 2012.



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And he received China's Vice Premier Li Keqiang at the Royal Castle of Laken.



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Today, May 3rd, King Albert has made a working visit to the Jean Offenberg military base in Florennes.



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And Queen Paola visited 'Kunsthumaniora Brussel', the arts secondary school in Brussels that celebrates
its 40th anniversary this year.



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Queen Paola visited 'Kunsthumaniora Brussel', the arts secondary school in Brussels that celebrates its 40th anniversary this year.
** Pic 1 ** Pic 2 ** Pic 3 ** Pic 4 ** belga gallery ** isopix gallery **
Here is one video as well as the little picture gallery from Getty Images/Photonews:
Kunsthumaniora in Laken mag 40 kaarsjes uitblazen | tvbrussel
Getty Images - Suchen: queen Paola May 3 2012

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King Albert has made a working visit to the Jean Offenberg military base in Florennes.
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http://www.7sur7.be/7s7/fr/1502/Belg...lorennes.dhtml (article)
http://www.gettyimages.de/Search/Sea...ert+May+3+2012 (additional picture gallery)
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